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May 2nd, 2002, 08:35 PM
Well, nothing is official yet but this article gives a lot of hope, fingers crossed.


BRICKER: Anna turns to Solomon
Published April 28, 2002
By Charles Bricker

With five consecutive losses and her ranking sinking to No. 69, Anna Kournikova is close to making the most important coaching decision of her career.

She and Harold Solomon, who helped bring Jennifer Capriati out of a much deeper funk, have reached tacit agreement on a coaching contract that would begin at Rome, May 13, and last at least through Wimbledon.

Nothing is signed yet, but this is the man Kournikova wants to push her back into the top 10 and, she hopes, help her win her first WTA Tour title after nearly 5 years on the professional tour.

The Solomon-Kournikova partnership could hardly have come at a more difficult time in her career. Her confidence appears to be at a low point, and Penthouse claims it has nude beach photos of her in its current edition.

"Those pictures are not Anna," Solomon said Saturday. Kournikova also has denied she has posed for the magazine.

If ever there was a time in Kournikova's multi-faceted career when she was ready to devote herself entirely to tennis, perhaps this is it.

Solomon worked her out for 11 days during April, primarily at the court at his Fort Lauderdale home, and found her to be extremely serious about her tennis career.

Let it be said of Solomon that he doesn't waste his time with players who give less than a full commitment to the game. While coaching Capriati, she went from No. 101 at the start of 1999 to the semifinals at the 2000 Australian Open and a ranking inside the top 20.

But when she let her training slip to pursue a romance with men's pro Xavier Malisse early in 2000, Solomon terminated the coaching arrangement.

Solomon also has coached Mary Joe Fernandez and Jim Courier.

Solomon is convinced Kournikova is deadly serious about re-establishing herself as a top player. A contract could be signed within a week that will give them a honeymoon period through Wimbledon with an option through 2002.

Kournikova, who has gone out in four consecutive first rounds (Indian Wells, Key Biscayne, Amelia Island, Charleston), reached No. 8 in 2000 and 2001.

A foot injury, however, put her out almost all of 2001. The foot is 100 percent cured. Her problem right now is confidence.

Solomon will continue to coach 16-year-old junior prospect Brendan Evans of Boca Raton.

May 2nd, 2002, 08:46 PM
What a fluke is Anna now, she really needs some help, and to really commit with her tennis;)

Martian Martin
May 3rd, 2002, 12:17 AM
LucasArg, how can she commit more to her tennis?. She's very commited at the moment, she's playing in tournaments, she's hired a coach which shows how serious she is. Tell me how she can commit more to her tennis? :confused: :rolleyes:

~ The Leopard ~
May 3rd, 2002, 12:29 AM
I think she's showing she's very committed. She's playing more tournaments than anyone else, choosing tournaments carefully now, and even getting Solomon's help. She may have been giving the wrong impression until recently with her upbeat comments after every loss, and all her off-court commitments, but she must have been hurting inside.

Despite the loss to Pisnik, I'm very hopeful that we're now getting signs of the real Anna and that she'll claw her way back.

May 3rd, 2002, 12:43 AM
I am not a big believer in player performance going through the basement due to 'lack of confidence'. But on sheer athleticism, Anna Kournikova should be a top fifty player. She simply runs too fast and hits too hard and is in too good a physical condition to be ranked as low as she is.

What else can it be BUT 'lack of confidence'? I dunno.

May 3rd, 2002, 03:25 AM
i dunno, i think it's partly lack of confidence. and perhaps frustration building up inside anna already. when you haven't won a lot of matches from the past few tournies, your opponent knows you haven't been playing well even before the match starts. and when anna gets into trouble in the match, it's harder for her to get back when she hasn't been used to winning big points and getting breaks and coming back from behind a match. anna's not like venus who can lose a big point, just shrug it off and play well the next points cos she knows she can win a match without playing her best. when anna fails to get a crucial break or misses an overhead to hold her serve or serve out a set, she can't seem to play well anymore cos she feels so let down. i guess anna's pysche is too much for her sometimes, so she just collapses. but it's not cos she's not trying. it is well documented in the locker room that anna's mentally weak, i think she's emotionally fragile as well. so the toll of all this losses must be really hard on her now.

i hope solomon would be able to help her out. she's really too talented to be playing like this.

Goooo anNa!
http://www.boomspeed.com/marshmellow/anna.jpg good luck to anna, martina and daniela!

auntie janie
May 3rd, 2002, 01:44 PM
Hiring Solomon and following his program is a fantastic move for Kournikova. It's about time she fired Mommy as a coach! But better late than never. If I were fan I would be thrilled about this move. I believe Anna will be moving up the rankings very shortly.

Williams Rulez
May 3rd, 2002, 03:35 PM
I really hope that Anna does get him as a coach... that would really help her iron out the kinks in her game :D